Installing Fino

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Fino is free as in “free speech”. See licensing below for details.

2 Github repository

Fino’s source is hosted on Github at

Install the following dependencies before attempting to compile Fino from scratch. The package names correspond to Debian (and probably Ubuntu). Other systems might have slighly different names.

sudo apt-get install make autoconf automake gcc g++ git findutils
sudo apt-get install libgsl-dev petsc-dev slepc-dev

If your distribution does not have a bundled version of PETSc or SLEPc, then you might need to compile them yourself (SLEPc is optional for Fino). Ask for help in the mailing list.

Clone the Fino repository, bootstrap (might take a while as it has to clone and bootstrap wasora first), configure, compile, check and install:

git clone
cd fino
make check
sudo make install

If these instructions are non-sense to you, either download a binary or ask in the mailing list.

3 Licensing

Fino is distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License version 3 or (at your option) any later version. The following text was borrowed from the Gmsh documentation. Replacing “Gmsh” with “Fino” gives:

Fino is “free software”; this means that everyone is free to use it and to redistribute it on a free basis. Fino is not in the public domain; it is copyrighted and there are restrictions on its distribution, but these restrictions are designed to permit everything that a good cooperating citizen would want to do. What is not allowed is to try to prevent others from further sharing any version of Fino that they might get from you.

Specifically, we want to make sure that you have the right to give away copies of Fino, that you receive source code or else can get it if you want it, that you can change Fino or use pieces of Fino in new free programs, and that you know you can do these things.

To make sure that everyone has such rights, we have to forbid you to deprive anyone else of these rights. For example, if you distribute copies of Fino, you must give the recipients all the rights that you have. You must make sure that they, too, receive or can get the source code. And you must tell them their rights.

Also, for our own protection, we must make certain that everyone finds out that there is no warranty for Fino. If Fino is modified by someone else and passed on, we want their recipients to know that what they have is not what we distributed, so that any problems introduced by others will not reflect on our reputation.

The precise conditions of the license for Fino are found in the General Public License that accompanies the source code. Further information about this license is available from the GNU Project webpage